John is Chief Executive at the London Borough of Barnet. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the government and public sector division, looking after a range of clients in local government, the NHS and the charity sector.
John moved to The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2004, initially as a finance manager, moving on to assistant director of finance. He joined Barnet Council in 2010 as deputy finance director, and became Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015, overseeing finance and support functions, as well as the commercial and transformation, performance, strategy and governance teams. John became Interim Chief Executive in May 2016 and formally appointed as Chief Executive in February 2017.
Emma has worked in the charity sector for 10 years and is currently a youth worker for New Horizon Youth Centre, a day centre for homeless young adults aged 16-24 in central London. Emma started her career as a fundraiser for international development charity, VSO, before moving into a role with International Citizen Service (ICS), the Government’s flagship youth international development programme, first as a fundraiser and then later developing policy and strategy for inclusive youth volunteering in international development.
After completing an MA in Applied Anthropology, Community and Youth Work at Goldsmiths University in 2016, Emma has worked for a number of small youth clubs, the youth leadership organisation UpRising as a Programme Manager, before moving into the youth homelessness sector at New Horizon Youth Centre. Emma is passionate about youth development and, in particular, improving the prospects and futures of some of the most marginalised young people in society.
In her spare time, Emma is a keen cyclist, traveller and volunteers for other local causes.
Caroline has been the Head of Internal Audit at London Borough of Barnet since 2013. In this role she is responsible for providing independent assurance over the council’s internal controls framework, including its financial controls.
Prior to her time at Barnet, Caroline spent eight years at Grant Thornton where she trained as a public sector external auditor, qualifying as a Chartered Institute of Public Finance accountant in 2008.
Before training as an accountant Caroline was Office Manager for a small charity, ran a record label and taught English in Japan. She graduated from Manchester University with a BA degree in psychology in 1997.
As Live Unlimited’s Treasurer, Caroline feels privileged to have the opportunity to support the charity and Barnet’s looked after children and care leavers. She passionately believes that all children should have the opportunity to become who they want to be.
She lives in London with her husband, two children and a dog.
Ira was a teacher and researcher in Environmental Biochemistry in her early career and lived and worked in the USA and Australia. In 2001 she decided on a career change and trained to work with children and young people. Since then Ira has worked for Devon County Council and Buckinghamshire County Council Children Services in Education Welfare, Fostering and Adoption and in Children Services Commissioning for 18 years. Now retired from paid employment, Ira is keen to devote more time than before working with the voluntary sector.
Ira strongly believes that offering the right service for children and young people has to be “for them by them”. She is proud to work with an organisation like Live Unlimited that strives to improve the lives of Barnet’s children and young people in care and beyond.
Lee is Commissioning, Strategy and Policy adviser for the London Borough of Barnet. He provides strategic policy development support within Children and Young People and the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee, relevant Governance and Partnership Boards. Part of his role includes leading on and supporting the development of commissioning strategies to achieve the council’s strategic ambitions.
Lee is also a member of a voluntary organisation that mentors young children – helping to guide and inspire school pupils, improving confidence and self-esteem which inevitably has positive effects in their lives elsewhere.
Kyle is a barrister who specialises in representing local authorities, parents and children in court proceedings concerning the welfare and upbringing of children, especially where local authorities seek to place children in care.
As a result of his experience, Kyle is aware of the difficult circumstances children and young people find themselves in, which lead to them being placed in care, and the adversity they can face whilst in care and as care leavers. When Kyle heard of the work that Live Unlimited does, he wanted to be a part of that to be able to help improve the experiences of young people in Barnet.
Brett is the care leaver representative on the board of Trustees for Live Unlimited. As a Barnet care leaver himself, Brett understands the positive impact the work of Live Unlimited will have on the young people who access the services offered by the charity.
As well as being a trustee for the charity, Brett is also the Virtual School Apprentice and his role is to support other care experienced young people with their education.
Brett says that it is a privilege to be part of a charity that works to inspire Barnet’s care experienced young people.